Fricknadorable performing at Fog & Flame Coffeehouse Bloomsburg, PA (Photo by Justin dePrisco)

Fricknadorable (yes, that is really how we spell it) is my Americana duo with my wife Audra. Our name comes from the general response that the uke receives, and the reaction we got as a couple during our early performances. Though, if you know our sense of humor and witness our stage banter, you soon realize this is no Yoko Ono situation.

I had performed solo for many years, dating back to the early 90s, but it was always less fun than playing with other musicians.

Back in 2010 Audra picked up a ukulele in a music store and learned a few chords on the spot. Since then, she has amassed an impressive selection of songs using her already well-trained voice (her main artistic passion is theatre).

Long-time friend Mickey Maguire – who just also happens to be the publisher of Ukulele Player Magazine – helped us select a uke to get her started, and it has been amazing to see just how quickly Audra has picked things up.

Our cumulative musical tastes cover a lot of ground. My folk/blues background merges with Audra’s love of quirky songs and ballads. We have a complete set of traditional and Irish songs. We both have a fondness for the 80s songs we grew up listening to, before music was too self-conscious and over-marketed. We also cover the occasional hit from the 90s and the new millennium. Having someone else to sing with opens up possibilities for performance, supporting another artist as a guitarist helps with my own growth as a performer. I’ve even been able to work in some of my electro stuff here and there.

Through local jams and open mic appearances, and an active summer performing season in Central PA over the past few years, we’ve worked out a very entertaining performance set. We feature Americana, novelty, roots and have a complete set of 80s songs (some of which are performed with a twist). We have both family-friendly and adult sets suitable for private parties.

And who knows how “adorable” things will remain once we work out some new tunes on the electric uke!